A foreign currency broker smiles in front of an displaying foreign exchange rate at a dealing room in Tokyo December 17, 2012.

Tokyo stocks closed 0.96 percent higher Tuesday, continuing a post-election rally after Japan's conservative opposition swept to victory in weekend polls.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 94.13 points to 9,923.01, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares rose 1.12 percent, or 9.01 points, to 816.85. - Sapa-AFP